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Israeli Envoy calls "Estelle" a Provocation While 7 Parliamentarians Sail to Break the Blockade of Gaza

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Calling the latest sailing of a boat to challenge the Israeli naval blockade of Gaza a "provocation," Israel's ambassador to the United Nations Ron Prosor, called on the UN Secretary-General, the Security Council, and all responsible members of the international community to take immediate action to end this provocation." 

Prosor added, "I want to stress that Israel is not interested in confrontation, but remains determined to enforce its naval blockade of the Gaza Strip -- and will take all lawful actions to this end. Their clear provocation raises tensions and could easily spark a serious escalation of the conflict." 

Seven parliamentarians from five European countries are on sailing on the sloop "Estelle" to break the Israeli Blockade of Gaza. Among the 20+ passengers are parliamentarians from Greece, Norway, Spain, Sweden, and a retired parliamentarian from Canada. 

More than 80 Irish Parliamentarians have signed a petition of support for the "Estelle's" mission, and 70 Greek Parliamentarians have also signed their petition.

Passengers from Canada, Finland, Greece, Israel, Italy, Norway, Spain and Sweden are on the "Estelle."

All those onboard are peaceful civilians who have received refresher non-violence training. 

The "Estelle" carries a cargo of aid to the Israeli blockaded Palestinian population of Gaza, and a cargo of solidarity.  It also carries an anchor and communication equipment needed for the construction of Gaza's Ark (see www.gazaark.org). 

The "Estelle" is expected to reach Gaza by this weekend.

 

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Ann Wright is a 29 year US Army/Army Reserves veteran who retired as a Colonel and a former US diplomat who resigned in March, 2003 in opposition to the war on Iraq. She served in Nicaragua, Grenada, Somalia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Sierra Leone, Micronesia and Mongolia. In December, 2001 (more...)
 
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 Hi Ann, thanks for keeping us posted ~ sorry... by William Crain on Friday, Oct 19, 2012 at 1:07:02 AM
Support the peace!   (This is an amazing ... by Ned Lud on Friday, Oct 19, 2012 at 8:32:10 AM
in the last few days as usual grad missiles launch... by yuval doron on Friday, Oct 19, 2012 at 11:50:15 AM
Untrue. And if a people built a wall around the st... by Tony Orlando on Friday, Oct 19, 2012 at 12:27:06 PM
The profile Israeli leaders have currently chosen ... by Gary Williams on Saturday, Oct 20, 2012 at 3:05:58 AM
You should really send half of those ships to Amer... by Tony Orlando on Friday, Oct 19, 2012 at 12:01:58 PM
This is a really good, interesting article! (Thank... by Kim Cassidy on Friday, Oct 19, 2012 at 12:29:06 PM
Hi Kim, like the dynamic duo, Batman rises, and Ro... by Tony Orlando on Friday, Oct 19, 2012 at 1:02:32 PM